1. “Moorise Kingdom” Wes Andeson has a ceertain spunk and verve when it comes to appreciating his movies. “Moonrise Kingdom” was no different. Fun, albiet quirky and very dry and witty, this tale involved an AWOL Khaki Scout and his love for a young redheaded girl.
2. “Marvel’s The Avengers” Everyting a comic book movie should be and more, writer-director Joss Whedon managed to squeeze a plethora of actors into an enjoyable, fun yarn — especially since the majority of characters were in their own seperate storylines. He blended the action sequences flawlessly with plenty of time for the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansen), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
3. “Thin Ice” The art of the con was full on in this tale of an everyman, an insurance adjuster (Greg Kinnear) who stumbles onto an elderly man (Alan Arkin) who also owns a pricless violin. Enter in Billy Crudup as a jack-of-all trades whose involvment thows a monkey wrench into his plans.
4. “Battleship” Although this one arrived d.o.a. at the box office, director Peter Berg (“The Rundown,” “The Kingdom”) threw in an outlandish story that resulted in smiles aplenty by film’s end. What is cool is that it had a disabled vet as one of the heroes in the movie.
5. “Safe House” Ryan Reynolds owed me a good one from last year, considering his two summer spectacles with the lifeless “Green Lantern” and the mess tht was the buddy-buddy body switching comedy “The Change-Up,” resulted in just a mish mash of ideas that might have looked great on paper, with a dull thud on delivery. In this one, Reynolds stars as CIA operative Matt Weston, who has a thankless job working as a peon at that safe house incape Town. Denzel Washington costars asTobin Frost, a former villain with a checkered past in the agency.
Also worthy of mentiom are “The Hunger Games,” “Prometheus,” “The Raid: Redemption” and “Contraband”
“The movie guru” Ricky Miller is a professional Film Critic in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex. His website is http://movieguru.bravehost.com
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